Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sibling Perceptions

Deep in thought
This post is a response to some of the questions I received on my November 27th post asking readers to submit questions. This series of questions came from my brother Kyle.
There are a few questions I like to ask everyone I run into, at some point.
  1. Have you ever eaten a grasshopper?
  2. Have you ever eaten anything, while it was still alive?
  3. Do you have a fear of picnic tables? If so why?
  4. When and what was your feelings, when you realized your younger siblings could take you down.
  5. Have you ever been so considerate of your neighbors, that you asked them to leave for the weekend, because you didn't want your party to disturb them?
  6. Have you ever gone to Six Flags while your brother sat in a hospital room awaiting surgery... on his birthday?
  7. Has your hair ever resembled the tsunami wave that hit the cost of Japan?
  8. Have you ever come home and found your household cabinets rearranged?
  9. What is your favorite family memory from your childhood?
At first, I thought about skipping over these, but then decided that I better tackle them. Whether they were meant to be a joke or not, he would call me out on it. So here goes...


Have you ever eaten a grasshopper?

Yes, I have eaten several. I've had chocolate covered grasshoppers and grasshoppers coated with a nacho powder similar to the coating of a Doritos chip. However, I believe Kyle is referring to one specific instance that my mother loves to tell about.

When I was very young (I don't know the exact age), I was bugging my mother for some food. She was preparing me something, but I did not let up in asking. I must have been very hungry...OR a whiny, difficult child. I don't know which. Once she had fixed my plate, she found that I was already chewing on something. As she got closer, she saw the leg sticking out of my mouth. Apparently, she was not filling my belly fast enough and I had found a dead grasshopper in a windowsill.


Have you ever eaten anything, while it was still alive?

The answer to this question (like most of the others) is 'YES.' I have written before about the time I ate live octopus, but I didn't have to leave the country to eat live food.

I was in high school when I heard about goldfish swallowing and just had to try it. It really wasn't a big deal. Pop it in your mouth and wash it down with some water. I did use fresh tap water and not water from the fish tank. I have also eaten live earthworms a few times. They were pretty slimy, and I will still choose the worms over okra every time. The fish was better.


Do you have a fear of picnic tables? If so why?

I don't fear them, but I do keep a close eye on them. The worst accident I ever had involved a bicycle, a picnic table and a poorly constructed ramp. Due to the events of that day, I was knocked unconscious, missed weeks of school and still have back problems 30 years later. I will tell the entire story in a future post.


When and what was your feelings, when you realized your younger siblings could take you down?

You should ask him about
the time he tried to fly.
I expect that when that day comes, I probably won't be too happy about it.


Have you ever been so considerate of your neighbors, that you asked them to leave for the weekend, because you didn't want your party to disturb them?

Yes, again! Always mindful of my surroundings and never wanting to be a hassle to anyone, I try to be considerate.

About 15 years ago, I lived way out in the country and had a small* gathering planned.

*For this 'small' gathering I had rented port-o-potties and had a stage constructed in my backyard for the evening's entertainment.

As the stage was being built and the bands started to arrive, it occurred to me that I did have one neighbor. It was my brother Kyle and his wife. They lived close enough that we shared a yard.  Never one to be rude, I informed them (with a proper 4 hours notice) that there may be some revelry lasting past nine o' clock. They were welcome to attend, but might be more comfortable spending the night some place else. They chose to leave for the night.

Which was a shame, because they missed a great party.


Have you ever gone to Six Flags while your brother sat in a hospital room awaiting surgery... on his birthday?

I almost wonder if some of these questions were designed to make me look bad. Nah! I'm sure it's just me.

The answer to this one is 'YES!'

I did do this, but made great sacrifices to make it happen. Our church youth group was going to Six Flags for a summer trip. We had purchased tickets weeks in advance.

Six months
of lugging him around
Kyle, without thinking, has a massive bicycle accident during his birthday party days before this trip. He is hospitalized and enjoying some great drugs while I am left holding his ticket for Six Flags. While Kyle was getting to enjoy the wonderful psychedelic world of medical grade hallucinogens, I have to find another person to use his  non-refundable ticket. I had to make two phone calls before I found someone to use it. It was awful.

In all honesty, I don't even remember the events of that day, but Kyle has six titanium rods in his knee as souvenirs to help him remember. I have nothing.


Has your hair ever resembled the tsunami wave that hit the cost of Japan?

Hey, I looked good.
Although, I get the feeling this is not
the picture Kyle had in mind.

Have you ever come home and found your household cabinets rearranged?

I have written about how some of my pranks involved breaking into someone's house. Growing up in the same house as Kyle, he tends to think the same way on some things and this is one of them. He and a friend broke into my house once and rearranged the contents of all my kitchen cabinets.

I had no idea anyone had been in my house until it was time for dinner. Nothing was where it was supposed to be. I ended up just leaving it that way.


What is your favorite family memory from your childhood?

I honestly don't think I could pick one. I am not someone who can complain about my childhood. It was great. I have tons of memories of running around in the woods with my brothers, exploring the countryside on our bikes, hanging out with friends, coming up with and trying out new stunts and lots of other things. My parents provided a wonderful house to grow up in.

18 comments:

  1. If they can't keep us humble, at least siblings can keep us honest! Great answers but I would like to hear Kyle's take on a couple.

    Hestia

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    1. Maybe we can get him to chime in. I have considered letting him write a guest post.

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  2. Way to keep your brother in his place. He tried to steal your thunder and and you swatted him away like a common house fly. Brothers -the only people who will drag you into trouble and then blame you for everything. Although, I love Hestia's idea of a Kyle rebuttal.

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    1. I would be interesting to see what he comes up with. I made him the offer this morning.

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  3. I always enjoy all of your posts, but the family ones always take the cake since I know your family. Therefore I know everything stated here is true. lol. Thank you Brett and Kyle for another interesting read.

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    1. Thank you. We enjoyed making those memories.

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  4. I shudder at the thought of eating something live, but I admire your courage and apparently very strong stomach. As for everything else, your brother came up with some pretty good questions I doubt anyone else would have thought of and your answers were really entertaining. I'm looking forward to hearing about the bike, picnic table, and poorly constructed ramp.

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    1. The picnic table story involves a lot of pain and physical therapy, but I will get there eventually.

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  5. Swap out skateboard for bike and kneecap on the wrong side of the knee for unconscious and there's another reason for walking wide of picnic tables, the lurking evil buggers...I've really enjoyed the whole question and answer post things you've been doing, the story of Red made me say awwww, the one about the hopes for your kids made me kind of tear up, and your tsunami hair picture made me laugh out loud...

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    1. Thank you. I've enjoyed these as well. I only started it because I had written almost every day for three months and was running out of ideas. I though this would help me finish out the month. It worked and I am having fun.

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  6. Brilliant set of answers, to some equally brilliant questions.
    Is that pic really you? You look like the poster child for what we Brits see as the 'All American boy next door'

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    1. That was my high school senior picture. I was looking for one with the hair he was referring to, but I am at work and only have access to what is on my computer.

      I actually am the poster child and would be happy to receive compensation for it.

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  7. Dude! Those eyes!

    ...I'm sorry, was there a post here? Was it delightfully sarcastic and poking fun at a sibling? I suddenly can't remember anything except those eyes! (and yes, I note that you started matching shirts to your eyes early on. Clever boy.)

    But seriously, my favorite is your answer about the siblings taking you down. I think the word "Bazinga!" might have escaped my lips. SO up to read Kyle's take.

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    1. I got those eyes to that point after years of practice.

      Kyle is debating whether to write up a response. I told him I would use it if he wanted to write one.

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  8. Well this was fun to read! Sounds like you had a very eventful childhood.

    I always wanted to get my family involved on my blog. I have 2 older brothers but I practically have to cram my blog in their faces to get them to read it!

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    1. I am the oldest of three. Kyle obviously reads it. Trevor does not use the internet, so he doesn't read it and possible never will.

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  9. I have one little sister who's the ultimate diva, so I don't think there'll come a day where she can beat me in a fight.

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    1. As I have gotten older and mostly work office jobs, my blubber ratio has increased. Kyle, who has always been a physical laborer, has just gotten stronger over the years. There is no contest any more.

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